India must stay with Quad. It offers space for economic consolidation, strategic autonomy

Simultaneous elections proposal goes against basic principles of the Indian Constitution

Global Hunger Index offers a needed reality check for India’s big power aspirations

Digitisation provides an opportunity to strengthen industry-academia ties

Thumbs up

The decimation of the Left,the BSP,the AIADMK and,to some extent,the BJP was not on expected lines…

How Bengal was won

An insider narration of what it took to trounce the Left in its stronghold

Tear down the walls

To see Mumbai the Bal Thackeray way,just hang around his house.

First manage the recovery

The government should focus on a durable plan instead of going into immediate overdrive

Decline and fall of the Kerala Left

Tinkering is not enough – the Left in Kerala may have to do something close to reinventing itself…

The message from India

Most reports in the international press stressed that the Congress’s emphatic victory was a vote for stability and political continuity.

Top stories

We Indians must feel proud for having not only held a successful general election….

The triumph and the glory

Celebrate the defeat of opportunism,obfuscation and obscurantism

The East’s beautiful sunrise

Bengal’s long Left nightmare might be ending

A karmayogi’s last marathon

In the last lap of the marathon election campaign,two wisdom-filled books,both by Japanese authors….

Great! Now get to work

Before writing one word of this piece I spent many moments staring at my computer’s smugly blank screen wondering why the results….

History made by the millions

No surprise then. Not for readers of this column. I am afraid I have to crow though with some humility. I had consistently said Congress….

Left and wrong

This is the last ride Hitch Hiker will take,at least for some time. The launching and nursing of a magazine is taking its toll….

Without astrologer’s aid

Manmohan Singh is one Indian prime minister who did not consult an astrologer to find out whether he would remain PM….

Maya’s call

When so many people migrate to other states from UP,because of the lack of employment opportunities,Mayawati spends money erecting political memorials.

The infallible pontificators

As you read this,EVMs are being stacked up,returning officers are nervously double-checking numbers,and candidates are laughing nervously at jokes that are a little too loud,a little too stale.

Looking for the Muslim MP

BJP,Congress don’t nominate Muslims. Will the count throw up a surprise?

The new government’s external advantage

As the Congress Party returns to power trouncing its ideological opponents on the right and the left,India will command a lot more political respect on the world stage.

Rules for the limbo

Another hung Lok Sabha,the seventh in succession since the 1989 general elections,appears to be inevitable.

Our election,their opinions

India now commands great weight in the world,but it must stay clear of populist politics,warns the Telegraph.

This time for real

As military action intensifies in the NWFP and FATA,this time the US seems to be endorsing Pakistan’s resolve in flushing out the Taliban.

Despite Varun

Irrespective of what one thinks of Varun Gandhi,most people seem to believe that slapping the NSA on Varun was an excess….

On the wall,off the road – 2

UP’s path from grievance to aspiration,from Habiba Beauty Parlour to Lohia Convent

Time for small change

Our Ministry of Finance is reportedly looking for a symbol for the ‘rupee’,on the lines of ‘£’ for ‘pound sterling’ and ¥ for the Japanese yen and $ for the dollar….

When the Buddha first smiled

The story behind Indira Gandhi’s Pokhran-I decision

Force divider

It’s hard for a frustrated and aggrieved military to remain apolitical

A sea change in relations

The United States and Indian militaries are partnering like never before

Riding into the night

The KKR train-wreck isn’t even funny any more

Flattery and trivia  

The editorial in the latest issue of Organiser,titled ‘Death of Ideology; Overtaken by Servile Flattery’,observes….

Ruling the waves

1971 war hero Admiral S.M Nanda was a scrappy fighter and master strategist

Limits of freedom: Where do they lie?

Two years ago,self-styled moral policemen stormed into an exam of the famous Arts Faculty of the Maharaja Sayaji University at Vadodara.

Vox populi

Shekhar Gupta’s innovative Walk-the-Talk in a Dalit village was revealing. I wish he had done a similar programme with pockets of deprived Muslims….

More than logic

Sorabjee raises a pertinent question. Any purposeful indulgence or reconstruction by judges is always welcome if it secures or protects the rights of the ill-treated….

The great escape

Roxana Saberi’s release lays bare Iran’s political fragmentation

Not black-and-white

Fixating on black money recovery is pointless. The only thing that works is real domestic reform

The end of Bollywood?

The multiplex revolution,the growing influence of ‘NRI’ audiences have transformed it beyond recognition. An astonishing array of new talent has emerged,the production is a lot more professionalised.